Arnold "Arnie" Bennett, age 80, life-long resident of Vergas, MN, passed away Friday, February 13, 2015, at his home with his loving wife of 60 years by his side.
A funeral service for Arnie will be held at 2 p.m., Wednesday, February 18, 2015, at St. John's Lutheran Church, Vergas. Visitation will be held from 4-6 p.m., Tuesday, February 17, 2015, at St. John's Lutheran Church, Vergas with a prayer service to take place at 6 p.m. Visitation will continue one hour prior to the service at the church on Wednesday. Burial will take place at Vergas Village Cemetery.
Arnold Howard Bennett was born December 27, 1934, in Frazee, MN. He was the eldest of 2 sons born to Howard and Bertha (Lange) Bennett. He grew up in rural Frazee where he attended country school. He met Mary Moe at her families' business, on Rose Lake, that is currently known as Spanky's Stone Hearth supper club. The couple married February 20, 1955, at St. John's Lutheran Church in Vergas. The couple built their home near Vergas where they raised 5 children: Jerry, Larry, Terry, Gary and Mary.
Arnold did contract work for Otter Tail County for many years. He raised silver fox and together with his wife, ran their bait business, Benny's Bait. Arnold was an avid outdoorsman and enjoyed trapping, hunting, and fishing. He enjoyed several fishing trips to Canada. Arnold made his way to the Loon's Nest nearly every morning for coffee and conversation with friends. The couple's home was a place where many would stop by to visit.
Arnold is survived by his wife, Mary Bennett of Vergas; 5 children: Jerry (Jill) of Gary, MN, Larry (Vonnie) of Vergas, Terry (Kristi Anderson) of Vergas, Gary Bennett of Detroit Lakes, MN, and Mary (Harley) Doebber of Eagan, MN; 10 grandchildren; 16 great grandchildren; 1 brother, Donald Bennett of Vergas; along with many nieces and nephews.
Preceding Arnold in death were his parents; grandson, Chad Bennett; and sister-in-law, Gladys Bennett.